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  1. 1. eMOTION! REPORTS.com Automotive/Aerospace Industries Systemic Intelligence www.emotionreports.com Media Advisory: May 9, 2005 National Security, Economic/Industrial Base Ramifications of Possible Renault/Nissan/Ford and GM/Toyota Meldings Unless Action Taken Immediately, U.S. May Lose Control of Its Manufacturing Base, Joining Great Britain Good afternoon: The decision to present this advisory/analysis comes after careful consideration of potentially significant data by a group of trusted colleagues functioning in key levels of industry, media and government. The sources for this data have been historically reliable, particularly in the development of analyses/reportage for Newsweek during the original shake-up at GM (One More Pink Slip?) in the early ‘90s. They also proved their worth as we crafted, under the guidance of then Newsweek Detroit Bureau Chief Frank Washington, the reporting surrounding the Jose Ignacio Lopez Di Arriortua departure; the GM C/K Pickup (Just As Safe At Any Speed) imbroglio and the comeback of the Big Three (Newsweek Japan). In 1999, they provided additional insights on a locally reported expansion of GM/Toyota collaborative efforts, and in light of recent events, they’ve been proven almost prescient. With the launch of eMOTION! REPORTS.com in 2001, they have been invaluable in developing the site’s body of work focused on state of the industry, industrial base perpetuation, technology and geo-political analysis, such as “Der Sturm”, “Super-Globalism”, “Boeing Going?”, “Lessons From Toyota”, “Crisis On Asimov”, “Quantum Parallel” and “Hyperintelligence”. The following is presented for your review, and we ask that you exercise due diligence in deciding the appropriateness of use – very important Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com
  2. 2. considering its border transcendent potential impact. We also remind you of the potential for “The Johnson Effect” an expression deriving from an incident involving then Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson who reacted to media discovery of a benevolent act on his part by refusing to follow through. It wasn’t about the accuracy (it was confirmed) just the discovery. Our hope is that making these discussions visible may shape a different outcome. Best and cheers, Myron D. Stokes, Publisher Renault/Ford? Newly appointed President and CEO Carlos Ghosn With Renault Chairman Louis Schweitzer Image: Renault It has been brought to our attention that a Renault/Ford “venture” (with DaimlerChrysler/Fiat-GM similarities sans constructive taking; the acquisition of a firm for reasons other than those officially stated) and a GM/Toyota conjoining could well be rapidly coming together. In fact, we are advised that a Ford/Renault interaction is all but “a fait accompli” in light of the US company’s circumstances. According to sources, newly appointed Renault Boss Carlos Ghosn is leading the charge, melding his ops with the remaining strengths at Ford of Europe. It’s expected (and hoped) to be much like his Nissan intervention, with Ghosn helming an arrangement that brings together Renault leverage, Nissan product strength and FOE distribution. Ford of Europe weakness makes such a turn nearly inevitable... “Initially, Renault’s association with Ford, beginning with FOE, will start out strictly as a friendly, mutually beneficial arrangement, just as in the early stages of the Nissan relationship,” according to an industry analyst and source speaking on condition of anonymity. “If Nissan’s turn under ‘Le Cost Killer’ Ghosn is any indication, that will quickly evolve. That doesn’t imply French cars at US Ford dealers… just conjoining Ford strength with Renault’s new muscle. Hard to imagine a successful strategy like that wouldn’t spread across Ford as quickly as it hit Nissan. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com
  3. 3. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com “Since most of the moves will be off American radar, Francophobia won’t be an issue until the deal is done. Just like DC, but without blood. Once done, it brings the Euro and the dollar a lot closer to parity.” Effort will be made, they say, to present an image of autonomy for Ford ops, and wind up with a duality of leadership not dissimilar to that in the early stages of the DaimlerChrysler (Schrempp/Eaton) and Boeing/McDonnell-Douglas (Condit/Stonecipher) “mergers”. But, history shows Ghosn is unlikely to share the helm, once the deal gets going. Talk of such a deal isn’t new. With Carlos Ghosn given control at Renault and Ford biting the “junk” bullet, expect action sooner than later. Interestingly, it’s not likely Ford will suffer the ignominious fate as Chrysler and McDonnell-Douglas, should this go forward. The Ford family’s super- weighted shares provide an as-yet-unassailable protection to outright capture. That could change, according to our sources, if Ford company citizens find out what they thought former CEO Jac Nasser was in terms of unprecedented cost cutting and unilateral management decisions, Carlos Ghosn is. GM/Toyota General Motors, however, is a whole different story. Negotiations are planned between Toyota top executives and GM’s C-level executives, expected to expand existing agreements in place over the past two decades. Review of analyses developed in 2000 by industry colleagues that sought to define such a relationship, painted an unflattering image. “Despite a remarkable blending of corporate cultures oriental and occidental, beginning in earnest with the NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.) initiative, GM would have a subservient role, they observed. At the time, CAR’s Dr. David Cole agreed with a comparison by Toyota’s Vice-President of Government and Industry Relations Gil Bamford that the two companies were “dating”. “I think their relationship is exactly as has been stated – they are dating,” said Cole. “If the world turns in a certain direction, it is conceivable they could get married, but they are not close to an engagement yet. No one knows exactly where this is all going.” Given the current state of GM and Toyota, the world has indeed turned in a certain, and different, direction. And if sources are correct in their assessment, one can deduce “where this is all going.” In Japanese culture, noted one analyst interviewed in 2000, “It is not acceptable to date for long periods of time. They believe in families. Their whole culture is built on country first, company second, family third and individual last. So,
  4. 4. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com when someone uses the term that they plan to date for a long period of time and not get married, that runs counter to their culture. There is one thing in Japanese culture and, this may sound politically incorrect, but they do have agreements with young girls who need money. This is not classified as dating. “It’s one of those cultural things that they turn a blind eye to, but there are comfort girls who ‘help out’ old executives. If that is the kind of alliance that GM and Toyota have, culturally speaking, General Motors could wind up in second place, because a lot of those girls get abandoned when they’ve fulfilled their purpose or when something exciting comes along.” Something “exciting” like 100+ billion in cash reserves and over a trillion in market capitalization, according to sources. And, a profoundly changed political landscape with a very real opportunity to become number one. Waiting in The Wings: Jack Welch Billionaire financier and corporate raider Kirk Kerkorian, however, has other plans for the world’s largest automaker. Should he prevail in his strong overtures to be the company’s single largest shareholder, it’s a foregone conclusion he will push to remove virtually all the executives currently in charge, anointing an epic figurehead to buy time, select and redirect the next generation of top GM leaders. Who? “Kerkorian’s buddy Lee Iacocca could be an ideal white knight… another US car company to save. But, he is only a few years younger than Kerkorian. Even if Kerkorian were willing to give Bob Lutz the reigns, after bad blood from the DC merger, Lutz isn’t much younger.” Our sources indicate the list of potential heroes with enough skill and public capital to take heat off GM is thin. “Jack Welch is about the only guy with weight and leverage to do what Iacocca did for Chrysler.” Whoever gets the helm will have to reach into GM ranks for car guys to make rapid changes that will move GM from the money business back to a clear focus on product. “Expect one of their last real car guys (after the ‘90s brand-management mania) Group Vice-President Tom Stephens, to be near the top. He’s young, brings strong credibility to the mix, and could be absolutely vital to the company’s survival and success.” With the June 7th GM shareholder meeting a focal point, the world is expecting to see a plan that will get the company back on track, look for significant changes in the very near term.
  5. 5. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com “There are industry observers and insiders who are not at all comfortable with Kirk Kerkorian’s designs on and for GM, given his predatory track record. This, despite the fact that aides close to him have said that he thoroughly understands the potential of colossal damage to the United States industrial base if GM is “sliced and diced.” Kerkorian Questions There are industry observers and insiders who are not at all comfortable with Kirk Kerkorian’s designs on and for GM, given his predatory track record. This, despite the fact that aides close to him have said that he thoroughly understands the potential of colossal damage to the United States industrial base if GM is “sliced and diced.” According to our sources, aides say “He does not intend to chop up GM as he has with smaller deals. He will be content to make his kill prying GMAC from the fold and moving GM back toward its core business. Kerkorian isn’t [Donald]Trump or [Carl] Icahn. At 87, it is thought he does not want to leave a legacy of being the financier who ‘pulled the plug in the bathtub;’ wrecking the entire economy for his own selfish gain.” One might tend to support this contention when you consider that Kerkorian was correct (and learned a major lesson) from the DaimlerChrysler “merger of equals” which was in fact a constructive taking. He understands the magnitude and impact of an emasculated or co- opted General Motors, and indications are he will act accordingly. “It’s wrong for the company, wrong for the shareholders, wrong for the industrial base. But most importantly, wrong for the country and its ability to maintain its Super-power status.” --- National Security Strategist and Congressional Investigator Dr. Sheila Ronis Congressional Concerns? All well and good. But that won’t stop parties concerned with base preservation from looking at alternatives to the Ford and GM scenarios outlined above. “Even if the GM and Ford scenarios outlined are just being considered, they shouldn’t be,” says National Security Strategist Dr. Sheila Ronis, who
  6. 6. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com is currently working with the US House of Representatives on industrial base matters. “It’s wrong for the company, wrong for the shareholders, wrong for the industrial base. But most importantly, wrong for the country and its ability to maintain its Super-power status. “Should Renault and Toyota gain control of Ford and GM, it is doubtful that the bulk of manufacturing would remain here, manufacturing historically crucial to the base. There is much truth to the contention ‘As goes GM and Ford, so goes the economy.’ In addition to the irrecoverable damage to the supplier infrastructure, the removal of intellectual property activities and development such as design and engineering would quickly follow. In short, this country loses its capacity and capability to produce anything; an untenable situation for those charged with national security.” Perot as White Knight? Can even a Ross Perot save GM? “Short of a white knight such as Ross Perot coming to the aid of GM and Ford,” Ronis says, “The U.S. faces an uncertain future. I don’t mention Perot idly; he has demonstrated his concern for this country. “Average Americans and too many people in government and industry are still not cognizant that a state of economic war exists between us, Europe and Asia. Sun Tzu’s contention that ‘Economic war is always waged first’ could not be more correct, especially now in a world wherein predatory economic strategies can be deployed with astonishing speed. The assumption, however, that picking off the United States through the dismantling of its core industrial components is helpful to their cause couldn’t be more wrong. This means that the number one customer for goods produced around the world, especially Europe and Asia, goes away. Perhaps not immediately, but the profoundly negative impact would not be long in coming. “And considering the inextricable linkages between global economies, the whole world, really, goes into recession, if not depression.” Ronis is also skeptical of the motives of Kerkorian regarding GM, despite a modification of his corporate influence activities that almost border on the altruistic. “In recent years,” she says, “We have seen multiple instances, such as DaimlerChrysler, wherein claims of doing what’s best for all concerned to overcome skepticism of an impending takeover were proffered. In that instance in particular, the involved parties painted one enormous lie.
  7. 7. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com “We are hopeful that all parties understand that so much foreign investment in the US will be under the watchful eye of Congress. Specifically, CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in The United States).” The Once Great Britain, Las Vegas and The Fallacy of a Service Economy There are those who are convinced, such as former American Motors President Gerald Meyers, who is currently teaching Crisis Management at the University of Michigan, that a pure service economy can sustain a country should it lose or fail to develop, a manufacturing base. “Our future will mirror that of OGB (Once Great Britain) now reduced to the pre-industrial and trades era. Tony Blair presides over the declination of the Empire” “Jerry can argue that we can survive as a consumer economy, but no true data supports that contention,” notes one of our analysts. “We need a manufacturing base to continue the proven ‘one-to-many’ concept; essentially, one person, for example, punching a button on a press producing many components for that and other operations.” This, as opposed to one person punching a button on the microwave at McDonald’s to warm one bag of French fries for one person. “GM lost sight of this reality after brilliant financial people like Bill Hoglund and former CFO Mike Losh felt they could manage the economy of products through the enterprise resource management concept. This dismissed the functionality and core role of manufacturing and replaced it with front-end control of money. What they basically did is replace the metal with paper. Despite early and nearly spectacular results for company balance sheets, we now know that this approach has nearly bankrupted GM. “Let’s take a look at what is arguably the archetype example of an absolute service economy… Las Vegas. There are actually two service economies in play here; one, providing the service; the hotels, resorts, restaurants, gentlemen’s retreats, etc., and the service economy providing the means to deliver to the service providers. It is a closed loop system. But, does it really provide the financial support for what would constitute a robust economy? Hardly. The GRP (Gross Regional Productivity) defined as the total number of dollars generated by the region, divided by bodies, is well under $30,000.
  8. 8. Copyright 2005 eMOTION! REPORTS.com 74 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 103 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 248-695-0009 248-695-0006 (fax) emotionmag@emotionreports.com “Compare that to auto sector environment GRP that is substantially higher, at least three times as much. A quick review of state economic development data for auto towns such as Marysville, Ohio; Georgetown, Kentucky; Spartanburg, North Carolina and Smyrna, Tennessee show GRP’s approaching $100,000. The production of actual goods, not services, make that possible. It gives those areas the latitude to police the populace, repair and develop infrastructure. “Conversely, the service oriented economy of Las Vegas produces a GRP not sufficient to support life as we know it.” Let’s take this analysis to a country scale, as represented by Great Britain. “When the last British owned car manufacturing company, MG Rover (Lotus and Morgan being trade intensive, not manufacturing, shops) turned out the lights this month for what was left of the company after acquisition of its technological and intellectual resources by the Chinese, the country took a step back in time. Despite efforts by the Iranians to take control and continue production in Britain, China’s ownership of the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) for key product caused them to end negotiations. “As of right now, and for all intents and purposes, England has no true manufacturing base.” There are emergent indications that the British government, too late, it seems, tried to work desperately behind the scenes to save MG Rover. But, having too long ignored the implications and warnings of an imminent demise of its manufacturing base, the unthinkable has occurred. General Motors and Ford are far too important to economic and national security to allow their fates to be determined in Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Las Vegas or the financial district of New York. To do so would tend to confirm the view of an analyst colleague that “Our future will mirror that of OGB (Once Great Britain) now reduced to the pre-industrial and trades era. Tony Blair presides over the declination of the Empire”. Report compiled by eMOTION! REPORTS.com staff and its consultants. Fair use is hereby authorized for media, academic and corporate entities for research and reportage purposes with appropriate acknowledgement. Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved "eMOTION! REPORTS.com (www.emotionreports.com) is an automotive/aerospace industries research and analysis site that targets professionals within the academic, media, corporate and government sectors. It has also created an environment wherein white papers and other scholarly research can be presented to a broadened, yet still very defined, audience, inclusive of the recently presented 'QuantumParallel: The Saint-Hilaire Quasiturbine as The Basis For a Simultaneous Paradigm Shift in
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